Amazon Fire TV Stick is on sale for $29.99 — First Sale Ever w/ New Alexa Voice Remote

Get this Fire TV Stick Deal

The Amazon Fire TV Stick is on sale for $29.99. This is the older 1080p Fire TV Stick, but it now includes the new Alexa Voice Remote, which includes power and volume buttons on the remote. This is the first time that the new bundle has ever been on sale. Considering the new remote itself costs $29.99 on its own, this is a great price. I think it’s worth paying an extra $10 to get the Fire Tv Stick 4K instead, which is currently on sale for $39.99, because of the extra CPU power and improved WiFi. However, if you’re on a budget and/or don’t have a 4K TV, then the regular Fire TV Stick is still a very capable device. Also on sale is the Fire TV Cube for $79.99 and the Fire TV Recast for $189.99, which are both $40 off their regular prices.

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New Fire TV apps of the week — Feb 10–16

This past week there were 36 new apps and games released for Amazon Fire TV devices. Endless Truck is a race game with a never ending track. The goal is to see how far you can get before running out of fuel. There were numerous international apps released this week. For German Fire TV owners, freenet Video has brought their library of over 1,000 films and TV shows to Fire TVs. A Canada specific SiriusXM for TV has arrived this week. Middle Eastern customers may enjoy JadooTV and its hundreds of channels. Caribbean content can be found in the new Tego TV and Indian content is available through numerous new apps from Zenga. Continue on for the full list of new apps and games released in the last 7 days. Read more ›

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Insignia 43″ 4K UHD Fire TV Edition television is on sale for $199.99 — New Lowest Price Ever

Prices for the various Fire TV Edition television models and sizes vary every week, but I only post about them when they reach all-time low prices. That’s the case with the Insignia 43″ 4K Fire TV Edition television which has just dropped to a new all-time low price of $199.99. The lowest it had ever been prior to this sale is $249.99. Other deals on Fire TV Edition televisions that are currently available include the Insignia 24″ 720p model for $99.99 and the Toshiba 49″ 1080p model for $249.99. Both of those deals match the lowest prices that we’ve seen in the past. The Insignia 55″ 4K model for $349.99, which I posted about last week, is also still available. That is a new all-time low price for the largest available Fire TV Edition television.

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In-app voice navigation and selection is coming to more Fire TV devices and all Fire TV apps

Last year, Amazon made it possible for Fire TV Cube customer to use hands-free voice commands to navigate within select apps. This made it possible to make selections and scroll around apps like Netflix and HBO without needing to use a remote. A recently published developer page about the new feature states that Amazon will “be enabling this feature on other devices in the future” and “will extend these capabilities to all apps.” Read more ›

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Amazon now lets you publish your custom Alexa Skills to the Alexa Skill Store

Amazon introduced Alexa Blueprints last year as a way for anyone to create their own Alexa SKills, without any coding, right from a web browser. They later made it possible to share those custom skills with friends and family, but now they’ve announced that you can publish your custom skills to the Alexa Skill store for anyone to use. Read more ›

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Garmin Speak w/ Alexa and Navigation for your car is on sale for $67.95 — New Lowest Price Ever

The Garmin Speak is on sale for $67.95. This is the new lowest price that I’ve ever seen for the Speak. It’s essentially an Echo Dot for your car that will also display turn-by-turn navigation on its screen. This is the original model that debuted for $149.99, so it’s a significant discount from the original price. The Garmin Speak Plus is also on sale, but its $179.99 price is quite a bit more than the base model. The Plus simply adds a dash cam to the original Garmin Speak. If you want Alexa in your car and can’t wait for the Echo Auto, which seems to be taking longer than expected to be available, consider the Garmin Speak. The Roav Viva is also a viable option.

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Philo TV channels are now integrated into the Fire TV’s program guide and home screen

Philo, one of the most affordable streaming TV services thanks to their $16/mo 44 Channel plan, has just updated their Fire TV app to integrate into the Fire TV’s default program guide and home screen. This means that all of Philo’s channels can now show up in the “On now” row on the home screen, in the “Recent” row when viewed, and in the channel guide along side other content sources, such as over-the-air channels from a Fire TV Recast or the built-in tuner of a Fire TV Edition television. Read more ›

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Get 3 months of Pandora On-Demand Premium music subscription for Free

Groupon is currently offering 3-Months of Pandora On-Demand Premium for free. This is a subscription music service, like Amazon Music Unlimited, that normally costs $9.99 a month for an individual plan or $14.99 a month for a family plan. You can choose either 3 months of the individual or 3 months of the family plan for free. The third option is Pandora Plus, which is just Pandora’s regular radio service, but without ads, that normally costs $4.99 a month. The Pandora On-Demand Premium plan lets you select individual songs or playlists to play, while the Pandora Plus plan does not let you select individual songs. Read more ›

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Amazon to buy mesh router company Eero

Amazon has announced that they will acquire mesh router company Eero to expand their smart home portfolio. Eero is best known for being the first to popularize mesh routers which use multiple access points, spread across your home, that work together to create a single WiFi network that typically provides better connectivity than a single router. Read more ›

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Pre-Rooted ROM for Amazon Fire TV 2 is now available

For those of you with rooted 2nd-generation Fire TVs, Rbox has just released a pre-rooted ROM of the latest software update. This will allow you to update your rooted device without losing root access. You can download the image from the usual XDA forum thread and install it through TWRP by following this guide. I have not had a chance to capture the update images for the Fire TV 1 or Fire TV Stick 1 yet, which is why pre-rooted ROMs for those devices have not been created. I’ll do that soon and shoot them over to Rbox and, hopefully, he will have time to make those pre-rooted images as well. Please be sure to donate to Rbox to support him and thank him for continuing to keep all of our rooted devices updated.

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